Wine sales are falling in Ireland but drinkers are becoming increasingly likely to pop a celebratory bottle of a 'bubbly' according to to the latest industry research.
The Irish Wine Market report, released on Tuesday by the Drinks Ireland division of Ibec, shows the consumption of wine per capita across the State fell 3.6 per cent last year. The report also says overall wine consumption fell 2 per cent.
The share of overall wine sales accounted for by sparkling varieties, however, rose by three-quarters. Wine had a 27 per cent share of the overall alcoholic drinks market, second only to beer, and generated €376 million in taxes.
The report shows that Chilean wines remain, by far, the most popular in the Irish market, accounting for more than a quarter of all wine sales. Drinkers here consumedd about 29 million bottles of Chilean wine last year, or about six bottles for each man, woman and child in the State.